Abbreviation Key

(Numbers after these abbreviations usually refer to paragraph or article not page)

AGD Decree on Missionary Activity (Ad Gentes Divinitum) of Vatican II
AH Adversus Haereses (Against Heresies) by Irenaeus
CCC The Catechism of the Catholic Church (numbers refer to paragraph unless noted otherwise)
CDF Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Roman Curia)
CF The Christian Faith, edited by Neuner and Dupuis (numbers refer to paragraph, not page)
CIC 1983 Code of Canon Law (Corpus Iuris Canonici) for the Latin Church (canon, not page nos)
DASp Pius XII, 1943 Encyclical Letter Divino Afflante Spiritu
DF Dogmatic Constitution Dei Filius of the First Vatican Council (1870)
DH Declaration on Religious Freedom (Dignitatis Humanae) of the Second Vatican Council
DonV CDF Donum Veritatis (Instruction on the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian)
DV Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Dei Verbum) of Vatican II
e.g. for example (from the Latin phrase "exempli gratia")
FC John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortation on the Christian Family in the Modern World (Familiaris Consortio)
GS Vatican II's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes)
HS Holy Spirit
LXX Septuagint (Greek) translation of the Old Testament
ME CDF Declaration Mysterium Ecclesiae (11 May 1973) or "Declaration in Defense of the Catholic Doctrine on the Church Against Certain Errors of the Present Day"
NAB New American Bible Translation
NT New Testament
OT Old Testament
PD Leo XIII, 1893 Encyclical Letter Providentissimus Deus
RH John Paul II, Encyclical on the Redeemer of Man (Redemptor Hominis)
RSV Revised Standard Bible Translation
SC Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) of Vatican II
SP Pope Benedict's Encyclical Letter Spiritus Paraclitus
SS Sacred Scripture
STh Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas
Tdn Tradition
UR Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio) of Vatican II
WOG Word of God


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